The perils of taxonomy in the age of genetics
Out of the wild
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
Keeping everything outside the body seems like a strange choice.
This family tree reveals that species formation has sped up in the past 50 million years, especially in the western hemisphere.
Journal editor resigns after publishing "an incommensurable, trans-disciplinary, neologistical, axiomatic theory of life from quantum gravity to the living cell"
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?
Scientists watch evolution at work
If one of your hominoid ancestors hadn't gotten a viral infection millions of years ago, you might look really, really different today.
Our ancestors evolved from "Jurassic Mother"
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
Where do transposons do their transposing?
Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells
But their evolutionary history is
A case of ancient hominid hanky-panky
Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.
Enjoy being alive? Thank these fossilized shrooms.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
Los Alamos scientist Steen Rasmussen plans to one-up nature by cobbling together a brand-new creature that reproduces and evolves. Is he making a biotech marvel that will do our bidding, or a test-tube-size Frankenstein monster?